a solo exhibition by Orlando Saverino-loeb @ dvaa
Exhibition Runs: August 25th - September 12th, 2018
public Opening Reception:
Saturday, August 25th, 5-7pm
About the exhibition:
This exhibition highlights Saverino-Loeb’s process, dependent on the speed and freedom involved in the making of the pieces. The colors and sense of light that he uses in the paintings are highly influenced by his extended stays throughout Italy. Using primarily acrylic paint and an airbrush, he slowly builds out an environment for the mind that one might be able to enjoy and explore for many hours on end. Viewing the paintings, one experiences pareidolia -- a sensation where the brain finds images in a pattern when they are not there. In the words of Saverino-Loeb, “my work has been a sequential progression of a search for a visual primary source; it’s about where the work originates from as well. Origins ride with us; therefore they transcend the past and future. The origin of an idea spurs a creative exploration - this leads to the creation of continuous prototypes and new works. It began with blind contour drawings -- drawings done by touch without the aid of eyes. This led to something new, something tangible that wasn’t just a highly edited experience. I drew upon that and put them together, copied them, and transferred that little bit of life into landscapes of objects never before seen. Over time, I found an infatuation with interacting with the viewer. I stopped talking about the paintings and listened, instead, to what people were saying about the work. I began to think, ‘How can I make a painting that eliminates what I want to force on the viewer?’ I wanted to give more power to the viewer, because I’ve always thought that the viewer is more important than the painter. For this exhibition, I wanted to show the progression of my exploration in painting during the past year with three works that encompass the growth of this idea. I hope that in the sparseness of the show one will be able to lose themselves in each painting and find a new sense of clarity in the ideas that they might be struggling with in their own lives whether they are political, romantic, or otherwise trying.”
About the Artist:
Orlando Saverino-Loeb is a Philadelphia born artist who works primarily in paint. His work is a constantly evolving process of exploration that spawned from the desire to find a visual primary source. This exploration led to working in blind contour to find marks without the edits one makes with their eyes while drawing. Taking these marks and reconfiguring them into compositions that create space led to the current explorations in paint. His paintings should be viewed over an extended period of time during which one can see new things in the painting that are specifically one’s own. As a person sees the painting again they will be able to see a new painting, one that is different from before because of experiences and thoughts that they had since the last time seeing the piece. Thus, the viewer experiences pareidolia, a sensation where the brain finds images in a pattern when they are not there. Pareidolia was the title of his senior thesis exhibition at Tyler School of Art in 2016. His process is dependent on the speed and freedom involved in the making of the pieces. The colors and sense of light that he uses in the paintings are highly influenced by his extended stays throughout Italy. Using primarily acrylic paint and an airbrush he builds out an environment for the mind that one might be able to enjoy and explore for many hours on end. He has shown his work multiple at the Infusion lounge in Philadelphia, along with select appearances with the Philadelphia Art collective, and the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, at an Inliquid sponsored individual show at Vintage Wine Bar in Philadelphia, and the Inliquid Gallery. He has also created murals around Temple University’s Campus.